Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

The evolution of sports machines is moving towards ever more efficiency, sometimes to the detriment of road applications. You just have to see the GSX-R 600: an exhilarating and bluffing pistarde on the track but not really suitable for road use. More specialization brings closer to exclusivity. The new generation ZX-6R gives a nice thumbs up to these pities. The Ninja evolves to win the championship without separating from its road skills. Hats off, Mr Kawa.

First step: the silhouette. This second version of the 600 Ninja seems to have matured without denying its origins. The family spirit is retained, with a trend inspired by the new ZX-9R. Thinner, both muscular and sprinter, she evolves without upsetting, as if to better hide the profound changes that have taken place within her..
From the outside, the engine does not appear to have changed. And for good reason: Distribution, housings, gearbox have hardly been modified. Let’s put ourselves in the place of fresh air to better understand what has been done -> Sucked in by an optimized Ram Air then circulating with more efficiency in the ducts, the oxidizer arrives on a rail of Mikuni carburetors (replacing the Keihins) of 36 mm equipped with a K-tric system. The latter communicates information on the opening of the throttle to the ignition box. The box then chooses a pre-memorized curve in order to optimize the ignition advance. More than the search for power, the engine manufacturers then focused on making the mill more reliable. Various modifications allow the engine to be at the same time more efficient, lighter and stronger.
The moulbif is the expression of the joy of living. Fiery, expressive, powerful, his thrust is strong but also progressive and immediately reactive. No matter where the tachometer needle is, there is always a response to the throttle.

To use this boiler, Kawa also focused on the chassis. This is where the machine has evolved the most because between version 95 and 98, almost no part is similar. The most obvious element is the fork, which goes from 41 to 46 mm in diameter, straighter by 1/2 °, with a lower offset of the tees of 5 mm. This results in a 15mm reduction in the wheelbase. The frame rails, steering column and other elements are reinforced, as evidenced by the axle of the wheels which increase to 25 mm. In addition to the swingarm with a different structure, we note the change in the braking system: the discs are thinner by 0.5 mm and the calipers are Tokico with 6 pistons (4 previously). Many elements have been lightened, such as the fork, the wheels, the swingarm, the instrumentation (slightly different with small digital counters), the fairing, etc….

Whether on the track or on the road, the ZX-6R has gained in efficiency. A lighter and more rigid front allows faster angle changes and better control on hard braking, and the suspensions are revised for more rigor. Diving into the bend with more ease, the little Ninja enjoys the luxury of being calm and efficient on the circuit while being one of the best (if not the best) 600 sports on the market. Against a CBR or a GSX-R, it is a winner on all counts. As we said at the beginning, most of the time, optimizing a machine for the track makes it more exclusive, to the detriment of comfort and pleasure on the road. The new ZX-6R didn’t have to make that choice: it’s better everywhere.

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    Performances

    Max speed:
    250 km / h

The technical aspect

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

  • Frame
  • Tank: 18 liters
  • Height: 1160 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1,400 mm
  • Dry weight: 176 kg
  • Operating weight: 203 kg
  • Train before

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

  • Transmission
  • Secondary chain transmission
  • Rear axle
  • Engine
  • 599 cc
    (66 x 43.8 mm)
  • 106
    ch
    at 12,000 rpm
  • 6.70 mkg
    at 10,000 rpm

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exhaust
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braking
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Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

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Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 1998

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